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Man wounded by Troopers on Sterling Highway

Posted: July 15, 2014 - 9:50pm

ANCHORAGE (AP) — Alaska State Troopers say one of their officers has seriously wounded a man accused of pulling a gun on the trooper after a chase on the Sterling Highway south of Anchorage.

KTUU-TV reports that troopers say Seward police informed them about a despondent man traveling Tuesday afternoon on the Seward Highway. In a statement, troopers say they tried to stop that driver, who took off at a high rate of speed.

A trooper made contact with the man after he got out of a vehicle on the Sterling Highway. Troopers say the man pulled a gun from his trunk, refused the officer’s commands and was shot. He was taken to an Anchorage hospital for treatment of what were described as serious injuries.

No troopers were hurt.

Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said she didn’t have any additional details.

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Jmstiles 07/16/14 - 07:57 pm
man wounded by troopers

I was behind that man from Cooper Landing and in front of trooper for about 20 miles. Not once did he act irrational or out of control until he saw the trooper behind me on a corner. He started to pass other cars on a corner which was wrong but not until this act did the troopers turn their lights on. I would never have thought the way the man was driving that he might be despondent in any way. The way this man was driving to me was no reason for him to be shot. I would never have thought he had a gun either. I just feel this whole situation should have been handled differently. This man never once in all the miles I was behind him never made me feel like he wasn't in control of his actions. He may have handled things differently if the troopers handled things differently. I don't feel this man should have pulled a gun out but this situation didn't warrant all the troopers involvement either. This is solely my opinion and I was driving behind this man and in front of the trooper for a very long time.

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